On Monday evening, former CBS News insider Bernie Goldberg appeared on The O’Reilly Factor to blame the tea party for a potential 2016 presidential loss. “As far as the tea partiers are concerned, anybody to the left of Ted Cruz is a RINO,” Goldberg lamented. “But you know what? The real RINOs are the real people in the tea party and on the hard right, because they have made it clear over and over again that their allegiance is not to the Republican party but to their particular brand of conservatism, so they’re the RINOs.”
Goldberg said that if Senator Cruz somehow won the Republican nomination in 2016, it would doom Republicans to defeat, because “every registered Democrat will vote, and that’s a recipe for a Democratic victory.”
Goldberg also suggested that tea partiers would not vote if the 2016 nominee was not a tea partier, even though tea partiers were ardent supporters of Mitt Romney once he received the presidential nomination in 2012, and establishment conservatives routinely undermine tea party candidates even after they receive nominations for higher office, as they did with Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia.